Robbie Fowler is set to give Perth Glory an answer on whether he will join the Australian side by the end of the week.
Glory owner Tony Stokes held talks with Fowler last week on a recent business visit to England about leaving his current side North Queensland Fury, who can no longer afford to pay his wages after the club fell into financial difficulties.
After an announcement earlier in the week by the FFA (Football Federation Australia) that all A-League teams can now have two marquee players (players that don’t count towards the salary cap), Perth now seem to be in a position to match his current Fury contract of $750,000 AUD (approx. £450,000) a season. The new rules mean each A-League side can have one Australian and one overseas marquee player. Glory already have Australian international Mile Sterjovski as their first marquee player which before the FFA ruling raised question of how they could support Robbie’s wages and sustain their current roster.
It was confirm by the club that they made an offer for the 35 year old on Saturday and Glory deputy chairman Luis Giuliani stated his believe that Fowler will let them know of his decision within five days.
“It’s really up to Robbie now. He’s reviewing a number of offers, talking to his family and dealing with other issues, but hopefully he will make a decision which includes Perth,” says Giuliani of the Liverpudlian who is believed to have interest from the Middle East and other Australian sides. “We expect a pretty strong indication by the end of the week. These things can draw out, but that has been their initial feedback to us.”
The former Liverpool Striker would be joining up with his former NQ Fury boss Ian Ferguson who recently joined the Glory as an assistant coach. Giuliani denied rumour that the pair don’t get on after a reported spat last season when Ferguson wanted to name Fowler on the bench. “Having Ian Ferguson here is one of the main reasons why Robbie is considering us,” Giuliani said. “(Fowler) took it off his own bat to call us and give Ferguson a glowing reference when we were looking at recruiting Ian Ferguson.”
Here is the original piece on Fowler being in talks with Perth Glory.